Taking employee benefits to the next level with an NQDC plan
August 1, 2022 Knowledge Center
Taking employee benefits to the next level with an NQDC plan

Does your organization offer a 401(k) plan to its employees? This is a common fringe benefit for the rank and file. However, some employers might want to take their benefits packages to the next level by offering special options to key employees. In such cases, a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan could fit the bill. Qualified […]

Businesses: Act now to make the most out of bonus depreciation
July 29, 2022 Knowledge Center
Businesses: Act now to make the most out of bonus depreciation

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) significantly boosted the potential value of bonus depreciation for taxpayers — but only for a limited duration. The amount of first-year depreciation available as a so-called bonus will begin to drop from 100% after 2022, and businesses should plan accordingly. Bonus depreciation in a nutshell Bonus depreciation has […]

Last call for lease accounting
July 27, 2022 Knowledge Center
Last call for lease accounting

The updated lease accounting standard is currently in effect for private companies. After several postponements during the pandemic, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted unanimously to move forward with the changes. That means private companies and private not-for-profit entities that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) must adopt the new standard for fiscal […]

Take a balanced approach to retirement and estate planning using a split annuity
July 27, 2022 Knowledge Center
Take a balanced approach to retirement and estate planning using a split annuity

If you’re approaching retirement or have already retired, one of the biggest challenges is balancing the need to maintain your standard of living with your desire to preserve as much wealth as possible for your loved ones. This balance can be difficult to achieve, especially when retirement can last decades. One strategy to consider is […]

Spotlight on a critical antifraud tool: Risk assessments
July 25, 2022 Knowledge Center
Spotlight on a critical antifraud tool: Risk assessments

Fraud risk assessments have been shown to prevent occupational fraud and limit losses for victimized organizations. These tools have become more prevalent in recent years, according to “Occupational Fraud 2022: A Report to the Nations” published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). But although almost 50% of businesses perform fraud assessments, many owners […]

Estates now have an additional three years to file for a portability election
July 22, 2022 Knowledge Center
Estates now have an additional three years to file for a portability election

Portability allows a surviving spouse to apply a deceased spouse’s unused federal gift and estate tax exemption amount toward his or her own transfers during life or at death. To secure these benefits, however, the deceased spouse’s executor must have made a portability election on a timely filed estate tax return (Form 706). The return […]

When should you turn down an inheritance?
July 20, 2022 Knowledge Center
When should you turn down an inheritance?

“Thanks, but no thanks.” If you expect to receive an inheritance from a family member, you might want to use a qualified disclaimer to refuse the bequest. As a result, the assets will bypass your estate and go directly to the next beneficiary in line. It’s as if the successor beneficiary, not you, had been […]

The GST tax and your estate plan: What you need to know
July 19, 2022 Knowledge Center
The GST tax and your estate plan: What you need to know

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: The generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax is among the harshest and most complex in the tax code. So, if you’re planning to share some of your wealth with your grandchildren or great grandchildren — or if your estate plan is likely to benefit these generations — it’s critical to consider and plan […]

Private business owners: Don’t wait until year end to evaluate financial performance
July 15, 2022 Knowledge Center
Private business owners: Don’t wait until year end to evaluate financial performance

How often does your company generate a full set of financial statements? It’s common for smaller businesses to issue only year-end financials, but interim reporting can be helpful, particularly in times of uncertainty. Given today’s geopolitical risks, mounting inflation and rising costs, it’s wise to perform a midyear check-in to monitor your year-to-date performance. Based […]

IRS extends relief for physical presence signature requirement
July 8, 2022 Knowledge Center
IRS extends relief for physical presence signature requirement

Under IRS regulations regarding electronic consents and elections, if a signature must be witnessed by a retirement plan representative or notary public, it must be witnessed “in the physical presence” of the representative or notary — unless guidance has provided an alternative procedure. Recently, in Notice 2022-27, the IRS extended, through the end of 2022, […]

4 estate planning documents your college-aged child should have
July 6, 2022 Knowledge Center
4 estate planning documents your college-aged child should have

Does your college-aged child have a basic estate plan? In more cases than not, the answer is “no.” The good news is that the summer months are the perfect time to enlist the help of an estate planning advisor to create a plan, as your child will be available to sign the documents before heading […]

Valuing ESOPs
July 5, 2022 Knowledge Center
Valuing ESOPs

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) provide tax-saving opportunities for business owners who want to cash out and transfer ownership to employees without immediately giving up control of the business. However, valuing stock held by an ESOP is an ongoing challenge for the fiduciaries who administer them, especially when the sponsoring company is privately held. Valuation […]